ROONEY OFF TO CITY?

In news that shocked the entire English football fraternity, Manchester City are lining up a £ 60 million bid for Manchester United and England international striker Wayne Rooney if rumors of a rift between the player and his manager Sir Alex Ferguson turn out to be true.

The Manchester United manager dropped his star player from the squad for the match against Blackburn Rovers at Old Trafford on New Year’s Eve, a match that The Red Devils went on to lose 3-2, before recalling the player for their 3-0 away defeat at the hands of Newcastle United a few days later.

According to reports, Rooney was dropped from the side when images of him partying after the Boxing Day fixture against Wigan Athletic were released and it is believed that the talismanic striker is extremely displeased with the manager for dropping him. Manchester City reportedly came close to signing the England international striker last October when Rooney handed in a transfer request to the United officials claiming that the club was not heading in the right direction but Fergie managed to hold on to him and got him to sign a new five year deal at Old Trafford.

But with the latest reports indicating another rift between two of the biggest personalities at the club, City might be making the right move as Sir Alex is known to offload players who he believes to have become bigger than the club, no matter how important he is to the side. Having wielded the axe on players like David Beckham, Jaap Stam, Roy Keane, The Red Devils manager will not think twice about selling the star player and release some cash for future buys and it seems that only Manchester City have the cash at hand to meet the valuation of the player at United.

All Eyes on England’s John Terry

All the eyes were on the pair of John Terry and Luis Suarez as the two trained before the Stamford Bridge crowd ahead of the titanic clash between Liverpool and Chelsea in the Barclays Premier League. The situation between the two has grown to such an extent that the game looks to be a non-existent factor. Luis Suarez has been brandished with claims of racial abuse by Manchester United left back Patrice Evra, while John Terry has been haunted by the claims of the same by QPR defender Anton Ferdinand. Both the cases will be heard by the FA in the next few weeks, and it is truly an anxious moment for the duo.

They both support their cause for eliminating racism from football by wearing a shirt that indicated the same. They have also been giving out vocal support in terms of eliminating the same from football and in real life. However, it seems that the media spotlight will not be going away from the duo until a verdict is reached on the situation. Both Luis Suarez and John Terry were wearing the T-shirt that showed the slogan ‘One Game, One Community’ prior to the match between Liverpool and Chelsea at Stamford bridge. However, many have said that this unexpected situation between the two was none more than a coincidence and there was nothing planned in terms of the T-shirts.

Luis Suarez has only been charged by the FA, but John Terry has been subjected to police investigation, which is a far greater situation in the case of the England captain. Luis Suarez has vehemently denied any claims of making racial abuse over Patrice Evra. There are also does not seem to be any video evidence relating to the same. Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish has come out in support of his player.

Pallister Backs Rooney

Former Manchester United centre-back Gary Pallister has defended striker Wayne Rooney, and believes that even if there is a three match ban over his head, Rooney should be taken to the Euro 2012 Finals.

The controversy centres around the red card that Rooney received in the final Qualifier against Montenegro. The red card, recieved for needlessly shunting into a Monenegran defender, brings an automatic 3 match suspension, which means that Rooney will be unavailable for selection for all three of England’s Euro 2012 Group games. With a squad of only 23 players allowed, some commentators believe that taking Rooney might cost the team the chance to progress from the Group stages.

Gary Pallister is not one of them! He believes that Rooney has the ability and attitude to really help England behind the scenes whilst he’s banned, and then come out on to the pitch and lead the team to victory on the field.

“Rooney’s not going to be involved for the first few games so it is a difficult situation for Fabio Capello if he does end up with a lengthy suspension” said the lanky ex-defender. “But I would expect him to take Rooney. He’s a world class player. You need as many as those as you can get!”

“I know it’s a risk, but just imagine you get through those three games and you haven’t played well, Rooney can come back into the team and it will be like a shot in the arm to them.

“If the team’s plays well in the group games then you might have to start with him on the bench, but what a player to have on your bench!”

UEFA will be meeting in the next three weeks to decide on whether Rooney’s three-match ban will stand.